President Barack Obama has pulled off a historic deal with Iran on curbing its nuclear program but he and other global leaders now have tough work ahead turning an interim accord into a comprehensive agreement.
By Monday morning, the Israeli reaction to the nuclear deal with Iran had changed from “What happened?” to “Now what?” And that reaction makes a lot more sense.
Iran and six world powers appeared closer on Friday towards clinching an elusive interim deal under which Tehran would curb its contested nuclear program, with diplomats saying a major sticking point may have been overcome.
Iran and six world powers were closing in on a long-elusive deal on Friday aimed at allaying international fears about Tehran's atomic aims and reducing the risk of a new war in the volatile Middle East.
“The Iranian regime supports violent extremists and challenges us across the region. It pursues a nuclear capability that could spark a dangerous arms race and raise the prospect of a transfer of nuclear know-how to terrorists. ... The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my goal will be to eliminate this threat.”
The United States and Iran are on a path toward direct armed conflict. In early October, U.S. officials accused Iranian operatives of planning to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States on American soil. In early January, Tehran sentenced to death an American citizen visiting family in Iran on charges of alleged espionage.
Iran has conducted work on a trigger for a nuclear weapon and Syria "very likely" was building a nuclear reactor in 2007, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog formally concluded. A report on the progress of Iran's nuclear program issued Tuesday by the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has conducted work on a sophisticated nuclear triggering device to be used to set off a nuclear weapon, The New York Times reported.
Iran's Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant will be fully operational within weeks, local news agencies quoted a senior Russian diplomat as saying on Thursday.